Costa happy to ignore Atletico Madrid
BY ALEX MARTIN / Currently leading the Premier League goal-scoring charts with nine strikes, Chelsea fans have probably long forgotten the time when Diego Costa publicly stated his desire to quit the club and return to Atletico Madrid.
But the in-form striker gave them an uncomfortable reminder of just how close he keeps his former club to his heart when he posted a picture of himself and Diego Simeone enjoying dinner in the Spanish capital on Monday night.
Costa is currently in Spain ahead of his adopted country’s World Cup qualifier against Macedonia and took advantage of the situation to catch up with his former mentor. Costa’s picture came accompanied with the caption “great reunion with great memories” and has conjured 35,000 likes and over 500 comments.
Some of those comments are, understandably, from concerned Chelsea fans, who only three months ago heard how their star striker had tried and failed to orchestrate a move away from Stamford Bridge during the summer.
The Spanish striker had a torrid start to last season under Jose Mourinho after failing to settle into west London life following a £32million (Sh4.04bn) move from Atletico in 2014. “I wished I could go back to Atletico, I’m not going to lie,” he told Spanish television.
Chelsea’s Diego Costa during an English Premier League match against Everton at Stamford Bridge November 5.